What happens to your body when you hold your pee

When nature calls, sometimes we don’t answer right away. Maybe you’re in the middle of an email. Maybe you’re on the phone, or you’re driving. We all hold our urine sometimes for various reasons, and while it’s harmless in the short-term, this video explains what happens to your body when you make a habit of doing this over time.

In this video, SciShow explains that over time, holding in urine can lead to bladder infections and other problems:

You might find yourself facing some not-so-fun long-term effects, like urinary retention and increased risk of infection. Urinary retention is the inability to empty your bladder completely. Constantly holding in your pee can weaken your bladder muscles, which can be the cause of urinary retention as you age.

You probably shouldn’t need a good reason to go to the bathroom, but there you go.

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